HSCI 496: Internship in Environmental Health.


Course Description:

Individual study in an environmental health program. Student will be placed with public health agencies to gain applied or research experience. Prerequisite: health science majors with a concentration in environmental health science and senior class standing or consent of instructor. (6 units).

Course Objectives:

  • To be able to understand the general routine operations of a local environmental health or related agency.

  • To work on a project of mutual benefit to both student and the sponsoring agency.
  • To gain practical experience of working in real-life situation.

Course Guidelines:

In order to satisfy the requirements of this course, the students will follow guidelines and instructions as follows:
  1. The internship should be completed at an agency/establishment capable enough to fulfill student learning needs in one or more elements of environmental health science.
  2. Approved agency/establishment refers to local agency such as county department of environmental health services, special districts such as air quality, vector control or water districts, and miscellaneous other establishments of environmental health or industrial hygiene programs at military or commercial/industrial manufacturing outfits.
  3. Service learning duration: Up to 200 hours training (1-6 units).
  4. Student advisement. It is divided in to three phases.

Phase I. Student fills out form of intent (IEH Form: 01) and get advisement from a faculty advisor before selecting the program for his/her internship.

The student is referred to an agency contact person. At the same time the advisor sends out a signed agreement form (IEH Form: 02) along with a cover letter, requesting the agency contact person to return the form after being signed by the contact person.

Phase II. It involves a midway progress report by the student to the advisor. The report may be in writing or verbal, as acceptable to the advisor. About this time, the advisor sends the evaluation form to be completed by the sponsoring agency at the completion of the student project.

Phase III . Upon completion of the training the student submits a written final report on his/her service learning experience and a journal of activities by date and time duly signed by the internship supervisor . Upon receipt of the above-mentioned items and evaluation (IEH Form: 03) from the sponsoring agency, the advisor evaluates the student's performance and gives a final letter grade.

Internship Instructions:

The internship process includes the following:
  • General Orientation: The student is given a general overview of the agency operation, working environment, and familiarity with daily conduct as well as routine paperwork. The student should understand the administrative setup and the agency chain of command. The student should abide by the rules and regulations of the agency.
  • Student Responsibility: During the entire training period, the student should follow a code of ethics and follow all applicable rules and regulations of the agency. Under any circumstances, the student shall not misuse the agency property or abuse its reputation.
  • Student Project: In consideration of both the agency needs and student desire, the student is engaged on a real project in one of the programs of environmental health such as food sanitation, water quality, hazardous wastes, vector control, housing, recreational health, land use, etc. Said Project must be beneficial to both the student and the sponsoring agency.
  • Supervision: Under supervision, the student carries out most of the tasks required under the project.
  • Participation: Student participation should be at a level commensurate with real life job experience.
  • Final Report: At the completion of the project, the student shall submit to the faculty advisor a final report along with a journal of activities by date and time. The final report shall follow a format such as title, introduction, objectives, activities, outcome, summary and references.